New pastors for New Life, Fellowship Baptist Churches

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Brett Robertson and Trent Ernst

The Tumbler Ridge churches are back at full strength!

The New Life Assembly church hired a new Pastor in June, Daniel Gilmore.

Gilmore grew up in Fort St. John and started his journey in church ministry at Evangel Chapel as a Children and Youth Coordinator. Pretty much he hung out with crazy awesome kids all the time.

He met his now-wife, Bliss there, and had their first son, named Theodore. During their time at Evangel Chapel in Fort St. John, they sensed the call to Bible School for further Pastoral Education, and moved down to Abbotsford, BC where he earned his B.A. with a Major in Pastoral Theology at Summit Pacific College.

There, their second child, Jedrik, became a part of their family. Abbotsford was a great season in the Gilmore’s life where they were equipped as a family for pastoral work.

While a native to Fort St. John, Gilmore is no stranger to Tumbler Ridge. When he was in his late teens and early twenties, he spent a lot of time in the Tumbler Ridge area: hiking, swimming and exploring the area.

Before even graduating, Daniel was offered the position at New Life Assembly and joyfully accepted. The Gilmores packed up a UHAUL and moved up here in June. Soon thereafter, the Gilmores adopted a wonderful dog – named “Koady Bear”.

“TR is a great place to start in a Lead Pastoral role,” says Daniel, “and is looking like a great place to finish as well.” Daniel still enjoys getting out and exploring the area, biking at the skate park, as well as being with his boys and wife in the community as a family man. Bliss and Daniel are excited to be a part of this place!

Shortly after New Life Assembly hired Gilmore, the Tumbler Ridge Fellowship Baptist Church also brought on a new Pastor, Brett Robertson.

Robertson started at the church on October 1, after driving from Saltspring Island to Tumbler Ridge in the midst of the season’s first snowfall. Robertson is joined by his wife, Rebecca.

The Robertsons were both born and raised in the Vancouver, B.C. area, and often travelled on holidays across our beautiful province spending much time in the Rocky Mountains.

Rebecca is a classically trained violinist and had began studying Biology at Trinity Western University before the two met. Brett, on the other hand, was a drummer and singer working hard with his rock band in clubs and bars within the local Vancouver music scene, as well as attending college with the fall-back plan of being a school teacher. At about that time, he was asked to join the staff of his local church, working with youth.

Robertson worked as a youth pastor for two summers before sensing Pastoral Ministry was God’s plan for his life.

After graduating with a B.A., Brett enrolled in Seminary at Trinity Western University and continued working in a local church until he graduated with a Master’s degree and was hired as a Youth Pastor on Salt Spring Island, BC.

Brett & Rebecca’s paths crossed in the 2013 summer, where Rebecca was doing an Internship on Salt Spring Island. The Robertsons travelled up to TR this last June and immediately fell in love with the church, and the town.

Robertson says he takes inspiration from the book of Acts chapter two and hopes to see it lived out in Tumbler Ridge. “The bible says ‘they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers,’” says Robertson. “’And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.’ We are stoked to be here, and look forward to meeting the people of the community!

“Jesus Christ continues to transform my life, and I can’t help but want others to continually experience this,” says Robertson. “What the disciples of Jesus did was radical, but simple: they followed Jesus with their lives and led others to do so as well – with God’s help, even a stuttering guy like me can do that.”

Recently, the Robertsons and the Gilmores gathered in a cozy, fire-lit living room this weekend to dream of the future for the churches.

Both churches are planning to work together in the future, including putting on a joint-Christmas Eve service. Stay tuned for updates.